Statewide Event- supported by the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Landcare (PFL). Showcase your group and activities to your local MP and raise awareness of Landcare.
Contact your Local Landcare Coordinator for more information.
Sustaining Landcare is about securing the services and support Landcare groups need to carry out their valuable projects and activities. We need to raise awareness of the consequences if Landcare does not have access to core infrastructure such as Local Coordinators and central support services.
Landcare NSW has advised the NSW Government and all political parties that the cost of Landcare support over four years is $32.5 million. Educating our elected representatives about Landcare is an ongoing challenge and a great opportunity.
For this reason, Landcare NSW is coordinating a statewide event to reach out to MPs and raise awareness of Landcare. While national ‘Landcare Week’ would seem the obvious opportunity, this is held in September when the NSW Parliament is in session making it impossible for MPs to attend events in their electorates.
We have chosen 17 August to 2 September 2018 to organise ‘NSW Sustaining Landcare Week’, supported by the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Landcare (PFL).
Our aim is for MPs and Landcare groups to get together across the State to talk about Landcare. We are encouraging Landcare regions to hold an event to showcase your group and activities to your local Member of Parliament and other candidates in your electorate. This will assist groups to form a relationship with their local MP and other key stakeholders, including Local Land Services. If you already have this relationship, inviting them to an event will help to keep it alive.
By holding activities statewide over the course of a week or 10 days we aim to increase our impact and raise awareness of Landcare. This event may be something you already have planned: a tree planting, a field day, a working bee, a guided walk, an education session…the key is to make sure you invite your local MP! Please invite your Federal MP, too, as we also want to build relationships with representatives in Canberra.
The PFL will send a notice to all NSW Members of Parliament encouraging them to accept the invitation to attend a local Landcare event in their electorate and will also encourage them to get in touch with the Local Landcare Coordinator in their region to find out about upcoming events. The PFL Chair Kevin Anderson, Member for Tamworth, has committed to organising a debate (a Notice of Motion) in the Legislative Assembly of the NSW Parliament the week beginning 17 September which will enable all MPs to speak about Landcare in their electorate and the events they attended.